It is our ambition that every school should have an Oracy Leader and that all teachers should have access to high quality oracy professional development. Those leading oracy across a school must support teachers to embed oracy in their practice, whilst also convincing them that it has value and supports learning. In short, they must be experts in, as well as advocates for, oracy. Our Oracy Leaders programme support teachers to meet these challenges.

Key components

Our programme consists of three key components which ensure that you have the relevant knowledge, skills and tools to support your students to learn through and to talk:

Expertise
Practice
Leadership

As an Oracy Leader, you will:

  • Work alongside researchers to develop a more comprehensive understanding of good practice in oracy.
  • Evaluate current oracy provision in your school, using these findings to develop a whole-school vision for oracy and identifying strategic priorities.
  • Acquire a variety of leadership tools to reflect and develop on your own practice, whilst also embedding and enhancing the practice of others.
  • Join a national network of educational leaders who are at the forefront of the oracy movement, working together to raise its status in schools across the UK.

This programme is for you if:

  • You are a primary or secondary teacher passionate about oracy and the difference it could make to the pupils across your school.
  • You have already embedded oracy in your own classroom and are now ready to lead this innovative pedagogy across your whole school.
  • Your school has identified oracy as a priority and are ready to lead it at a whole-school level.
  • You are an ambassador for oracy, ready to influence the national education debate.

Get involved

Duration

Six professional development days over one academic year

Location

Residential weekend, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

All other days: London

Costs

• Primary Schools: £1,500

• Secondary Schools: £2,000

Applications for our National Oracy Leaders Programme open in March 2020. To be notified when our applications open, please register your interest below.

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